Baja Fish Tacos – Forage Subscription Box

Baja Fish Tacos – Forage Subscription Box

Fish Taco Forage Box

Forage Subscription Box is the newest subscription meal service on the market. They have an amazing deal taking place at the moment so make sure to take advantage of it! You can get your first two meals for two for absolutely free, with no purchase required. Click here for more details. I am not sponsored by Forage, I am just a fan. Whats unique about Forage is that it sources recipes from some of the top restaurants for you to make at home. The meals lean a bit more towards fine dining so the price tag reflects it, the price per meals is around $15 as compared to the $10-12 a plate prices of comparable services.

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#BALANCE2015: A Blogger Babes Event

#BALANCE2015: A Blogger Babes Event

This past Saturday, the girls and I drove down to Newport Beach for the Heidi Nazarudin’s Blogger Babes event, hosted at the beautiful home of dentist to the stars, Dr. Sherri Worth

All photos below were shot by the talented Ralph Oshiro

Our host Heidi Nazarudin and our host: journalist Jennifer Chan

Heidi Nazarudin & Jennifer Chan

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Color Blocking and Mixing Prints

Color Blocking and Mixing Prints

I’m in love with this top! Sheer materials are prevalent this season but its not as common to see it put together this way. Recreate your own affordable look but layering a cropped tee over a sheer top for a modern update to this look.

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Rocksbox – Monthly Jewelry Rental Subscription Box

Rocksbox – Monthly Jewelry Rental Subscription Box

I’m obsessed with all things subscription box, it’s like getting gift every time I receive a box in the mail! I was so excited when Rocksbox reached out to me about becoming a Rocksbox It Girl. Rocksbox works a little differently than your average Birchbox, its a curated jewelry rental service. Each month you receive a box with three pieces of jewelry. Keep the pieces as long as you like and return all three pieces for a brand new set of three as many times as you like.

I attend a lot of events and shoot constantly for this blog. The problem with jewelry for me is that it’s just not on the top of my list of things to shop for. Also most of the pieces that I do purchase only get used once or twice. Jewelry and Clothing rental services are a great solution to my need for a constant influx of brand new fashion pieces

Here’s my first box! It included a statement necklace by Perry Street, crystal earrings from Urban Gem, and a petal necklace from Lotus Jewelry Studio. The pieces are of high quality and the Perry Street necklace has a good solid weight to it.

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Best Spring 2015 Lipstick Shades to Rock Now

Best Spring 2015 Lipstick Shades to Rock Now

Lipstick is a super fun way to make a fashion statement without even saying a word, just let your lip shade do the talking.

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For Spring 2015 bring out your brights ladies and gents because whether you like pink or red or magenta you can’t possibly go wrong. Perhaps even fuchsia will do if you’re still a bit weary of red!

The loveliest thing of all, when it comes to lipstick, is it’s ability to transform your attitude or outfit rather quickly and oh so very effortlessly.

Read on to discover which hues I think you’ll want to reapply over and over…

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Blueish Bright Pink

Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick ($13)

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Mauve Matte Pink

Smashbox + Donald Robertson: Be Legendary Matte Lipstick ($20)

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Cherry Red

NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32)

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Melted Velvet - Bordeaux

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21)

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Magnetic Magenta - Fuchsia with Reddish Tint

Estee Lauder Pure Color Vivid Shine Lipstick ($26)

Norah Lacey – Boot Knee High Socks

Norah Lacey – Boot Knee-Hi  Socks

Norah Lacey gifted me with these socks, totally my style! They have a cute ruffly detail on the top so its a little different from the typical, more plain knee hi socks It’s very Japanese school girl and The Director especially loves them too! What is it about knee-hi socks that totally drive guys crazy?

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They also come in eight  different colors! Here are my favorite colors :)

Knee hi socks 3 Knee hi socks gray Knee hi socks turquiose

 

As you can see, I’ve worn the knee-hi style many times in the past, so I am defintiely a fan.

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How to add an unexpected POP of color

How to add an unexpected POP of color

Spring is finally here but in Los Angeles it feels like summer! It was over 80 degrees the other day. Our winter this year was extremely short so I’m glad that I didnt invest in too many jackets. Tomorrow is Coachella and I’m going to have to pack away all my stilettos for comfortable shoes. I’m going for work and I anticipate long hours standing in the heat , networking and managing the companies’ influencer social media campaign. I’m not a sandal kind of girl but I bought a pair for the trip! I’ll post photos soon

I’m am very much in love with the local brand Echo and Air. The clothing feels luxurious and soft and moves so well with you when you walk. As always, I like to add that unexpected pop of color to liven things up!

Pink Flowy Skirt Set

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Seared Skate Wings and Papas Bravas and Paprika Aioli

Seared Skate Wings and Papas Bravas and Paprika Aioli

I am obsessed with all things subscription! Lately I’ve been trying out all the latest dinner subscriptions. First up is Plated. I had been wanting to try Plated for awhile, and I’ve been subscribing to their newsletter but their price tag erred on the side of too pricey. As soon as I saw their coupon for 4 plates free I placed my order!

I have been a subscriber of vegetable and fruit CSAs in the past but receiving a dinner box is even more fun. I forgot to take a picture of the box when it arrived on my doorstep because I rushed to open it up and place all my goodies safely in the fridge.

Seared Skate Wing with Papas Fritas

INGREDIENTS
2 skate wings
1 lemon, divided
8 ounces fingerling potatoes
6 ounces sunchokes
¼ bunch parsley
1 clove garlic
3 packets mayonnaise
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
2 packets butter, divided
¼ cup white wine
2 tablespoons capers

  1.  Prepare Ingredients Preheat oven to 425°F. Rinse skate and pat dry with paper towel. Halve lemon. Rinse potatoes and halve lengthwise. Rinse sunchokes and cut into 1-inch pieces. Rinse parsley and pick leaves, discarding stems. Mince garlic.
  2. Roast Papas Bravas On a baking sheet, toss potatoes and sunchokes with 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, and pepper. Arrange cut-side down in a single layer and roast until golden and tender, about 20 minutes.
  3. Make Aioli While vegetables roast, in a small bowl, stir together mayonnnaise, smoked paprika, juice of ½ lemon, and garlic. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
  4. Cook Skate Season skate on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat 1 packet butter and ½ tablespoon olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. When butter is foamy, add skate and cook until golden brown and opaque, pressing down if necessary, about 2 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set aside.
  5. Make Sauce Add white wine, capers, and 1 squeeze lemon juice to pan from skate over medium heat. Cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in parsley and remaining butter. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Return skate to pan and turn to coat.
  6. Plate Skate Divide skate, sauce, and papas bravas evenly between

I love how everything is individually portioned and labeled. Plated has a very strong presentation

skate wings plated ingredients

I especially loved the beautifully printed recipe cards

skate wings receipe card

Let’s start prepping!

fingerling potatos plated

What the hell are these?? I learned that these were sunchokes

sunchokes plated

Cut those babies into bite sized pieces

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While the potatoes and sunchokes are roasting, make the aioli! Its super easy just mix the mayo, smoked paprika, lemon and garlic together

aioli ingredients plated

It’ll look all pretty like this!garlic aioli plated

Now lets fry those fishies! Get them nice and brown on both sides
browning skate wings

When the skate wings are done, plate them while you make the sauce with white wine, capers and lemon juice
capers sauteed

Your potatos and sunchokes should be perfectly cooked also

fingerling potatos

Time to eat!

I’m really enjoying my Plated meals because the menus are of restaurant quality and include obscure ingredients that I would never try on my own. Sometimes the ingredients aren’t even readily available at the grocery store. I loved how the skate wings were scored, this recipe is actually very similar to a very yummy Sole Meuniere recipe that is already in my repertoire. The fish is vibrant and lemon-y bite with a salty sweet bite. I especially loved the super easy to make mayo, it was creamy and savory and a perfect accompaniment to the roasted potatos

Also check out my Review of Salmon Kohlrabi from Plated.com

Dear Diary – Who am I?

Dear Diary – Who am I?

Lately I’ve been confronted with the topic of authenticity. Yesterday it was brought up repeatedly at The Simply Stylist Fashion and Beauty Convention. The previous week it was at a panel with Youtube Queen Michelle Phan. The bloggers and panelists keep driving the same point home – that they attributed their success to their authenticity. They developed their brands from a deep understanding of what they stood for. One of my favorite bloggers, Wendy’s Lookbook‘s brand is “The City Girl”. Michelle Phan’s brand is “Your Beauty Best Friend”. This forced me to ask myself the question: Who am I? What is my brand?

I am: Asian American, Fashion Obsessed, Taiwanese, Cat Obsessed, Rock Singer, UCLA Graduate, Recovering Addict, Late Adopter, Introvert

Well…thats really just a list of labels. I’m rigorously honest in my life but I dont feel like I fully know myself. Isn’t getting to know yourself a lifelong journey? How am I to sum up all I am in a one sentence tagline? I do agree with the advice of “being authentic” but I just don’t have the answers today

I got an email the other day on Facebook that said that I was washed up and old and should give it up. That definitely struck a nerve in me. I hadn’t received a hate email in quite some time but back when I had fame in the import scene the hate mail was daily and constant. The hate mail back then detailed how I was ugly and slutty and I should give it up. At that time I was young and had very low self esteem to begin with and those online rants really cut me to my core. Most of the hate mail always ended with the conclusion that I sucked in some way and I should stop trying. That email actually highlighted the fact that I who I am is someone who has always believed in doing my own thing no matter how far it fell outside the norm of accepted behavior. I’ve also never accepted the limitations of what other people liked to set for me. You are never too old, too young, too poor, too uneducated to do anything. I hope that we can teach our next generation to believe the same thing about themselves.

Fyu.se – This new app will blow your mind!

Fyu.se – This new app will blow your mind!

I’m kind of obsessed. Photographer Ryan Chua, introduced us to this new 3-D app called Fyu.se. Perfect for showing off your fashion from head to toe

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